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    Arrow Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

    The long-awaited successor to the Olympus E-3 flagship DSLR, the E-5, is revealed today. We've spent some time evaluating a pre-production sample. Evolutionary rather than revolutionary, the E-5 is a solid development of the E-3 but has Olympus done enough?

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    Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

    Thanks for the review Ian,
    A conservative upgrade, I wonder if this will be offered as a package with any of the HG or SHG lenses? I'm sure the camera will be able to produce some lovely images..hopefully we'll some soon?

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    Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

    Just a warm-up of the E-3. Evolution not revolution. Disappointing but frankly not unexpected. Obviously brought out in an attempt to prove that regular 4/3 is not dead, but I suspect/hope there will be more announcements in the near future developing m4/3. If not, then I suspect Olympus will die in the water.
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    Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

    Quote Originally Posted by AdrianF View Post
    Thanks for the review Ian,
    A conservative upgrade, I wonder if this will be offered as a package with any of the HG or SHG lenses? I'm sure the camera will be able to produce some lovely images..hopefully we'll some soon?
    Hi Adrian,

    Sorry for technical glitch with the product photos gallery - working to fix that at the moment.

    I will be adding a video tour of the menus later this morning.

    Basically the E-3 is fine camera body and Olympus has updated it. It should appeal to existing E-System users, but as you say, it's a conservative update and is unlikely to bring lots of new people to the E-System.

    I did not do any image quality tests on the pre-production sample I had - ity was very early, didn't even have serial number.

    But later samples are likely to be available at Photokina next week.

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    Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

    The E-5 basically kills off the E-30 in the product range. I really like using the E-30, so for me the E-5 promises an even better experience than the E-30.

    I will use the video capability, the TruePic V+ image processor and modified anti-aliasing looks promising (I'm told this goes beyond what has been already achieved with the Pens).

    But some things do disappoint me; I was really hoping for a next generation sensor. We don't even have the sensor from the Panasonic Lumix GH1. I also hoped for a faster shooting rate. 5fps is now only barely adequate.

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    Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

    Quote Originally Posted by StephenL View Post
    Just a warm-up of the E-3. Evolution not revolution. Disappointing but frankly not unexpected. Obviously brought out in an attempt to prove that regular 4/3 is not dead, but I suspect/hope there will be more announcements in the near future developing m4/3. If not, then I suspect Olympus will die in the water.
    The problem for Olympus is that the Pen range is now a success, perhaps more of a success than the E-System ever has been.

    I'm absolutely sure that there are many plans for new Pen models. The question is, how do you support existing E-System users while investing in the success of Micro Four Thirds?

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    Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

    Incidentally, the E-5 will be available from towards the end of October. Guide price in the UK is 1,500 for the body only, or 1699 - I expect to be cheaper than these prices on the street.

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    Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

    Hi Ian -

    Just back from a long weekend break and need to catch up with comments from here etc.

    The pricing suggests the E-5 should come with the battery pack included - do you know if this is so please?

    Regards. Barr1e

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    Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    The problem for Olympus is that the Pen range is now a success, perhaps more of a success than the E-System ever has been.

    I'm absolutely sure that there are many plans for new Pen models. The question is, how do you support existing E-System users while investing in the success of Micro Four Thirds?

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    Problem is Ian this brings back a dejavu moment when Olympus ditched the OM DSLR system in favour of 35mm compacts and abandoned its user base.

    I'll hope my fears are wrong and will wait and see how it goes with the E-System .

    I will continue on with my E-30 and E-620 as they have not suddenly stopped taking images I'm pleased with and there is still a lot of milege left in them (they may even outlast me at my age), but I will not be buying any more lenses in a system I cannot have faith in.

    As to investing in MFT I think not , as in this case once (twice) bitten twice shy.
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    Re: Olympus E-5 hands-on preview

    It has all I'd want from a DSLR as long as the image quality lives up to it. It seems to be an improved version of the PENs as far as processor and sensor go, combine that with the larger high resolution screen and the ability to fine tune the focussing it pretty much cevers what for me was lacking in the E3. I like the fact it uses the same (well compatible) battery (BLM-5 instead of BLM-1) as the E3 as I'd keep the E3 as a 2nd camera.
    Overall it's a bit underwhelming to be sure but with my investment in the SHG glass and my overall satisfaction with the quality of images with the E3 I can see me getting an E5 sooner rather than later, I want a second body anyway, who knows the image quality may be far better than we anticipate.

    There maybe more subtle improvements too, i.e. with low light focussing, in fact overall focussing may have been improved, especially the C-AF so it may hold a few surprises, a wolf in sheep's clothing maybe.

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